Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The X-Out Nail Project

Hello everyone! Today's post inspiration is a bit out of the ordinary, but I think the results came out even better than I could have imagined!

I was recently contacted by a representative for X-Out, a new skincare line from the people that make Proactiv. As it turns out, the brand is running a nail art series with some bloggers, and asking them to create nail art looks inspired by the branding/packaging. Because the brand is about confidence, for every enlisted blogger that agrees to participate, the brand will donate $200 to Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Centera national organization that helps prevent bullying.

Of course, after hearing that, I was all over the idea. I get to do my nails AND help an important cause? Oh yeah. Here's the manicure I created...

...& here are the images that we were to take inspiration from! The first one is a brand manifesto, and the second one is the product packaging.

As you can see, my thumb and ring finger accent nails were inspired by the packaging, while the other three were derived from the angular graphic style of the manifesto.

For this manicure, I used six different colors.

Purple - China Glaze - Gothic Lolita
Light blue - China Glaze - Sky High Top
Black - China Glaze - Liquid Leather
Navy blue - China Glaze - First Mate
White - OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
Light grey - Zoya - Dove

This whole manicure was created with different tape techniques! 

TRIANGLE NAILS: The triangle nails were created by freehanding on three distinct sections of color onto the nail base in blue, purple, and navy with the polish brushes. The sizes of those can be totally random, and you don't have to worry about being neat! You just want the three colored sections to meet near the middle of the nail somewhere.

Then, once that base is dry, cut scotch tape triangles and cover sections of each color with the tape.  Only cover one color with each triangle, and leave the seams exposed! That way, the black polish will cover any not-so-neat freehanded areas where the colors met up. Paint over the manicure with your black polish, and remove the tape. DONE!

THIN STRIPE NAILS: The stripe accent nails were done using striping tape to block off parts of a dry white base. I then filled in the exposed areas with blue and black polish. Once that had dried, I used regular scotch tape to create a chevron at the nail tips, which I filled in with grey. 

I hope you liked my interpretation! I definitely was impressed with the branding on this product, though I can't say that I have used the actual skincare items myself. Plus, the money being donated to Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center really makes me feel great about participating.


  1. This turned out beautiful even with such strange inspiration =)

  2. amazing nails and amazing cause :)

  3. It's a really great mani, love it, you put a lot of thought and time in it!

  4. I love it! I just did this the other day, but my mani isn't half as inspired! I am loving the triangles. I don't know why I never think of triangles when I decide to do a tape mani, despite knowing it can be done. They look so cool! I can't stop staring at this mani!

  5. This is amazing....X Out needs this on their packaging!!!!! Your taping skills are out of this world!


  6. WOW!! You did an amazing job!!

  7. This is really awesome! You are really good at tape manis!

  8. This looks amazing! You did a great job. I love all the colors together.

  9. Yeah I saw that on Peace, Love & Polish's blog. It's a really nice & fun way to help a cause :) You did an awesome job !

  10. This is such a brilliant concept, Sarah, and your result is just remarkable. Congratulations are totally order, both for being asked to participate in such a great idea/cause and for doing such a beautiful job. ^_^

  11. This is amazing! Wish I had the talent to do something like this!

  12. bloody hell girl ....that is scary good. I imagine you knocked this out in 5 mins ? xxxx

  13. Amazing mani and for good cause! Love it!

  14. WOW love your stunning mani! :D

  15. Okay, so yours definitely looks better than the X Out mani I did... I love this!

  16. I'm from Brazil and I love your blog, girl. Seriously! Your nails are perfect, and your skill is amazing!
    I don't comment 'cause my english isn't so good... I don't want to embarrass internationally and I don't know if I'm speaking correctly haha


  17. What a cool cause, and as always, what an amazing design. Your nail art skills are unmatched!! <3

  18. I love it! How can I get in on this great cause?

  19. love it! and it also is a great cause!


  20. Really edgy! Ingenious method of creating too =)ESP love the pinwheel xD

  21. BEAUTIFUL!! I wish I was patient enough for tape manis.


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